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Minerva Lillian Imberg

03/19/1927 - 10/25/2019

Minerva Lillian Imberg, 92, went peacefully to be with the Lord on October 25, 2019 at Edgewood Vista in Virginia, MN.

Minerva, the seventh of eleven children, was born on March 19, 1927 in Toivola, MN, to Oscar and Nellie Kamunen.  She was a graduate of Toivola High School, class of 1947.  On
September 6, 1947 she married Walter B. Imberg.  Making their home in Hutter, MN, together they raised their family of seven children.

Minerva truly enjoyed the company of friends, offering genuine hospitality and coffee to all who entered her home.  Proud of her Finnish heritage, she often greeted visitors with Finnish phrases, always with a smile.  She loved her family, and her family loved her.  Wherever Minerva was, there was the gathering.  Never asking for attention, yet she was always the center.

Minerva was preceded in death by her husband Walter, daughter-in-law Diane Imberg, son-in-law Richard Fossum, granddaughter Jennifer Zallar, and nine of her siblings.  She is survived by her children, Pearl Fossum, Ruby (Robert) Zallar, Doris (William) Holstrom, Duane (Jeanette) Imberg, Gordon Imberg, James (Julia) Imberg and Dawn (Greg) Jarvela; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Taimi Johnson; sister-in-law Aulie Kamunen; many nieces and nephews; and good friend Marlous Bouchard.

Dearest Mom, our Shining Star,

You often told us that everything turns out for the best, and with this positive attitude you lived your life, choosing to find joy in all circumstances.  By watching you, our Shining Star, we learned to value the small things in life, to see the beauty in nature and to appreciate every day.  Thank you for giving us the true gifts in life, with so much love.  We are blessed that God chose you to be our Mother, our Shining Star.

With all our love, your children


Rakastamme sinua

The family would like to thank the staff at Edgewood Vista and the Essentia Hospice team for the kindness and care they gave to our mother.  There will be a Celebration of Life Gathering on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Iron Range Vineyard Church in Eveleth at 11:00 A.M. with a visitation one-hour prior; Pastor Don Guttormson officiating. Inurnment will be in the Gilbert Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.



3 thoughts on “Minerva Lillian Imberg”

  1. Carly Antus Wilk says:

    What a beautiful tribute! <3. Minerva's granddaughter, Emily, is very special to our family. We would like to offer our deepest condolences. May you feel the Love that holds you. With Sympathy, Carl, Chris, and Carly

  2. Elaine Chesler Postudensek says:

    I knew Minerva when we lived in Hutter across the road from her & Wally. I was a small child but I remember her pleasant smile & her love for everyone. We moved to Eveleth after a few years & she & Wally would visit our family regularly as Wally & my Dad, Andrew Chesler, would give each other haircuts. My mom, Leona Chesler, & Minera would visit and have coffee & goodies ready when the haircuts were done. Rest in peace, Minerva. Your love was felt & returned by many.

  3. Helen Menart Stimson says:

    Condolences to the Imberg children. I went to school with Pearl and remember your mother so well … the endless hours we spent as kids in your wonderful playhouse. Your mom was always smiling, always happy – she and my mother were such good friends. Oh, the good old days … Pearl, you and I are now the “older” generation, the matriarchs, as we continue to lose our parents and special friends. I’m thinking of each of you and sending a hug. May Minnie rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

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11/02/2019 at 11:00 am
The Vineyard Church - Iron Range, Adams Avenue, Eveleth, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 10:00 am